REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER
Williams and park volunteers are hoping to raise $25,000 so a monument can be built to honor the 9,000 Cherokees who passed through Blythe Ferry in 1838. According the park’s Web site, this new monument would be the closest thing to a headstone that most of those that perished will ever have:
One-fourth of the 16,542 Cherokees identified for removal in the 1835 Cherokee Nation Census perished due to their forced removal persuant to the illigitimate New Echota Treaty. Today we take pride in being champions of human rights and oppose ethnic cleansing. What happined to the Cherokees should not be forgotten.
The Memorial will list the name of the Head of Household and the number of members from the 1835 Census.